Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Faces First Road Test Saturday at Hofstra

The Storyline
The Harvard men’s lacrosse team will play its third game in an eight-day span when it travels to Hofstra Saturday, March 2 for a 1 p.m. showdown at James H. Stuart Stadium.

Fans unable to attend the game can follow all of the action live online by clicking here. The game will also be broadcast by Verizon Fios1 Sports on a tape delay basis in the Long Island, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. markets.

Last Time Out
Nine different Crimson scored a goal Tuesday night as the Harvard men’s lacrosse team picked up a 16-12 win over Holy Cross at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium.

Peter Schwartz and Alex White led the offensive attack with a hat trick and five points each. Schwartz turned in his first career hat trick with four goals and one assist, while White scored three goals for the second consecutive game to go with two assists. Devin Dwyer and Daniel Eipp both registered two goals in the victory as Jason Gonos, Sean McDonagh, Henry Mumford, Brendan Newman and Brian O’Toole tallied one apiece. Dwyer added four assists, finishing his day with a team-high six points.

Harry Krieger came away with 11 saves in goal to improve to 1-1 on the year. He was aided by Gabriel Mendola and Pat Fiorvanti who each recorded career-highs with seven ground balls and five ground balls, respectively. Mendola (9-14) and Rick Molé (12-19) combined to win 21-of-33 face offs.

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Scouting Hofstra
The Pride will carry a 2-1 record into Saturday’s meeting after most recently posting an impressive in over No. 13 Fairfield, 9-2. Seven different players got on the scoreboard against the Stags while sophomore goalie Chris Selva posted eight saves.

Leading the Hofstra attack is Torin Varn who has already posted career highs for goals and points with 11 scores. Sam Llinares has added seven goals and four assists to match Varn’s 11 points while Lance Yapor has notched six points (2g, 4a). John Antoniades has a team best 16 ground balls and has won 26-of-56 face offs.

Selva has played every minute in goal for the Pride and sports a 2-1 record with a 7.00 goals against average and a .571 save percentage.

Hofstra is averaging 10.00 goals per game and has won 45.6 percent of face offs. The Pride is 7-of-14 in man advantage situations and has turned the ball over 37 times this year. The defense, meanwhile, has allowed just 7.00 goals against thanks in part to 43 caused turnovers.

Inside the Series
Hofstra owns a 10-8-1 advantage in the all-time series and has won each of the last four meetings between the teams. Last season, the Pride and Crimson met in Cambridge in what proved to be a defensive struggle as Hofstra walked away with a 7-6 victory. Jeff Cohen ’12 scored a game-high three goals to pace the Harvard offense while Eric Slingerland added a goal and Daniel Eipp notched an assist.